The European Union is involved in the energy sector in Zambia. The leading partners in this area are Japan, the World Bank, AfDB, EIB, AFD, KFW and Sweden.

The financing instrument for funding projects is the ACP-EU Energy Facility, which was established in 2005 in order to support projects on increasing access to sustainable and affordable energy services for the poor living in rural and peri-urban areas in the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Under the first Energy Facility, launched in 2005 with a total budget of €220 million, two projects were selected for Zambia for an amount of €20 million. Considering that 74 projects were co-financed worldwide by the first Energy Facility, Zambia received 17% of all funds. The selected projects aim at increasing access to electricity services mainly in rural areas and include one agreement with the World Bank and one with public entities (Ministry of Energy and Water Development, Rural Electrification Authority).

A second Energy Facility, with a total budget of €200 million, has been established for the period 2009-2013. It will be implemented through two calls of proposals, with the first € 100 million call launched in November 2009. None of the projects for Zambia was selected.

A second call for proposals for the Energy Facility with a budget of €55 million was launched in March 2013. The closing date for submission of Concept Notes and Full Applications for this call is the 3rd of June 2013.

More information on the projects implemented in this sector.

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